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Utica LOL

Schenectady, NY

#1 Aug 14, 2013
This was posted earlier and it's the truth. People in the utica region have "utica face". It's hard to describe but I guess in one word it's despair. Lol
Utica vs Ethiopian Air Fc

United States

#2 Aug 14, 2013
Don't forget the Utica Face's well known sibling- The CNY "Physique"!

By 30 almso9t all upstate natives look something like a potato with toothpick legs and Cheet-O arms!
Utica LOL

Schenectady, NY

#3 Aug 14, 2013
Utica vs Ethiopian Air Fc wrote:
Don't forget the Utica Face's well known sibling- The CNY "Physique"!
By 30 almso9t all upstate natives look something like a potato with toothpick legs and Cheet-O arms!
Lol.:)
Jeff

Syracuse, NY

#4 Aug 14, 2013
"Utica Face" is that expressionless, blank face look that people from Utica have. It is a look of sadness and misery exhibited by people who are trying to mentally convince themselves that they are happy.
Utica LOL

Schenectady, NY

#5 Aug 15, 2013
Jeff wrote:
"Utica Face" is that expressionless, blank face look that people from Utica have. It is a look of sadness and misery exhibited by people who are trying to mentally convince themselves that they are happy.
Pretty much. Lol
Buzzer

Windsor, CT

#6 Aug 16, 2013
Put this on Urban Dictionary. This needs to be official.
Jeff

Clinton, NY

#7 Aug 16, 2013
Buzzer wrote:
Put this on Urban Dictionary. This needs to be official.
Great idea! We just need to settle on the precise definition. I would say it is the long, forelone look of despair and misery exhibited by the natives of Utica.
JMKLSD

Rome, NY

#8 Aug 16, 2013
Utica Face is that look of disappointment that comes with having one's hopes and dreams wiped away with each passing day. Utica Face is that expression the person with the Master's degree has when they have to go to Labor Ready for work. Utica Face is that look of disgust one has when one learns about the ongoings in Common Council meetings. Utica Face is that look of desperation because the Social Service office was closed for a couple days. Utica Face is that look of frustration that nobody has done anything to make things better in the last 3 decades. Utica Face is that look of wonder at why we are wasting money rebuilding an arterial that is essentially a road to nowhere...
Utica LOL

Schenectady, NY

#9 Aug 16, 2013
JMKLSD wrote:
Utica Face is that look of disappointment that comes with having one's hopes and dreams wiped away with each passing day. Utica Face is that expression the person with the Master's degree has when they have to go to Labor Ready for work. Utica Face is that look of disgust one has when one learns about the ongoings in Common Council meetings. Utica Face is that look of desperation because the Social Service office was closed for a couple days. Utica Face is that look of frustration that nobody has done anything to make things better in the last 3 decades. Utica Face is that look of wonder at why we are wasting money rebuilding an arterial that is essentially a road to nowhere...
Lol!
Martin

Auburn, NY

#10 Aug 16, 2013
JMKLSD wrote:
Utica Face is that look of disappointment that comes with having one's hopes and dreams wiped away with each passing day. Utica Face is that expression the person with the Master's degree has when they have to go to Labor Ready for work. Utica Face is that look of disgust one has when one learns about the ongoings in Common Council meetings. Utica Face is that look of desperation because the Social Service office was closed for a couple days. Utica Face is that look of frustration that nobody has done anything to make things better in the last 3 decades. Utica Face is that look of wonder at why we are wasting money rebuilding an arterial that is essentially a road to nowhere...
You are so correct. I also have noticed this odd look on the faces of Uticans. It is more obvious to those of us who don't live in Utica, than it is to the people who are there everyday. Oh, and what is going on with the Arterial? It seems like there is way too much money being wasted to do essentially nothing to it. So they knocked down all the crumbling houses next to it, and now they are supposed to build some sort of pedestrian bridge over it. I'm sure that bridge will see lots of use. Would it not have made some real sense to just elevate it and get rid of all the ridiculous red lights?

“...got on your timid grin”

Since: Aug 13

Singapore

#11 Aug 16, 2013
As much as I love the area, the Utica face is something that is real and saddens me. Those empty eyes with a facial expression of hopelessness.
Sam

Syracuse, NY

#15 Aug 18, 2013
I have a difficult time understanding why so many people who live in the Utica area seem so miserable, while at the same time are so proud they live there. It seems odd that they dislike this place so much while at the same time are trying to talk themselves into believing that it is really not as awful as it is.

“...got on your timid grin”

Since: Aug 13

Singapore

#17 Aug 18, 2013
Sam wrote:
I have a difficult time understanding why so many people who live in the Utica area seem so miserable, while at the same time are so proud they live there. It seems odd that they dislike this place so much while at the same time are trying to talk themselves into believing that it is really not as awful as it is.
It's not so easy to just pack up and leave, especially as one gets older. I think a lot might also lack marketable skills that can lead to a better paying job somewhere else. This breeds despair and a self preservation response is to convince oneself that it really is not that bad. In fact CNY really is not that bad, they are far worse places to live.
Sam

Durhamville, NY

#18 Aug 18, 2013
shypainter wrote:
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It's not so easy to just pack up and leave, especially as one gets older. I think a lot might also lack marketable skills that can lead to a better paying job somewhere else. This breeds despair and a self preservation response is to convince oneself that it really is not that bad. In fact CNY really is not that bad, they are far worse places to live.
I certainly do agree. It might not be that bad, and there are worse places than CNY. But keep in mind that there are many, many better places as well. I like to think of it as a scale from 1 to 10. I would rate Utica at a 5. Not that bad. Not the worst. But nowhere near the best. I would much rather spend my life and my time living in an area that gets at least an 8 or better.
Buzzer

Boston, MA

#20 Aug 19, 2013
Sam wrote:
I have a difficult time understanding why so many people who live in the Utica area seem so miserable, while at the same time are so proud they live there. It seems odd that they dislike this place so much while at the same time are trying to talk themselves into believing that it is really not as awful as it is.
Okay, these are two different people:

1: The self-deceivers: They are miserable, can't get ahead in life (no job, deep debt, unhealthy parents, underwater mortgage, a bachelor's degree that's not accredited from SUNYIT, etc), can't find a date that's sane and healthy (if they're a guy looking for a girl) or employed and non-abusive (if they're a girl looking for a guy). Yet because they're stuck here, they think that a "positive attitude will make things better!" and pretend that they "love" CNY. When outsiders ask them "what the hell do you do around here? It's kind of boring here..." they respond: "Riggies. Pizza. Greens. Snowmobiles." Any complaints about Utica will be dismissed with a: "It's like this everywhere, so shut up!" even though there is a good chance that they've never left NY state to see what it's like everywhere else.

2: Stuck and disgruntled: Similar situation as above, but can't get the nickels together to rent the damn Ryder truck to get out... And they're constantly pushing their resume on Dice and Monster, but nobody wants to hire them because their work experience from Utica is weak or outdated. They jump from job to job trying to build up saving to move away, but companies keep closing faster than anyone can build up the savings to move. Every year they see their circle of friends shrink as they move to Boston, Philly, DC, etc.

Obviously the latter folks are the only ones you can trust in the area.(The former will try to sell you a 8 year old Civic for $12k, and make you buy a $12k house in Utica at $30k and convince you that it's "really" worth $45k with a potential for $90k if you renovate it... but never tell you that the Historical Society will be breathing down your neck...)

Truthfully as an outsider that has lived here for over a decade, I'd rate the Utica area a 4 sliding into a 2, if zero was Detroit, MI and 10 was some place more economically vibrant, like Austin, TX or Raleigh, NC.
Pat

Rome, NY

#21 Aug 19, 2013
The backward quality of Utica is obvious to anyone who does not live there. From the unprofessionalism of their local news (WKTV), the deteriorating condition of the entire area, unmaintained streets and parks, and the overall low quality of life, Utica is an example of what happens to a city when nobody cares and nobody in charge has a clue. You can always spot a Utican who is visiting in Syracuse by the way they act and by the characteristic "Utica Face" that has become their trademark. I would rate Utica as a "4". Not totally bad, but still far off from where it should be.
Pat

Rome, NY

#23 Aug 19, 2013
"Utica Face" is the blank look of despair and emptiness. Its the kind of look you get when you are thinking to yourself that you are powerless to have any effect on the future, and that you have just given up. It is when you are trying to convince yourself that its really not that bad, when it really is that bad.
Utica LOL

Schenectady, NY

#24 Aug 19, 2013
Pat wrote:
The backward quality of Utica is obvious to anyone who does not live there. From the unprofessionalism of their local news (WKTV), the deteriorating condition of the entire area, unmaintained streets and parks, and the overall low quality of life, Utica is an example of what happens to a city when nobody cares and nobody in charge has a clue. You can always spot a Utican who is visiting in Syracuse by the way they act and by the characteristic "Utica Face" that has become their trademark. I would rate Utica as a "4". Not totally bad, but still far off from where it should be.
So true! I can spot them from 100s of feet away! Lol
Jane Q

Syracuse, NY

#25 Aug 20, 2013
It's the look of realization that no matter which Italian you vote for, they're only going to spend your taxes on hiring their family, not paving the roads.
Utica LOL

Schenectady, NY

#26 Aug 20, 2013
Utica face? Lol

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